MISS. LAWMAKERS ANNOUNCE $440 MILLION ARMY CONTRACT FOR NAVISTAR
West Point Plant to Upgrade MRAP Vehicles for United Arab Emirates
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), and Representative Trent Kelly (R-Miss.) today announced a $440 million U.S. Army contract for work to be done at the Navistar facility in West Point.
Under the contract, Navistar workers in West Point would reset and upgrade 1,085 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) MaxxPro Excess Defense Article vehicles and associated accessories for the United Arab Emirates. The contract has been approved through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales process.
“This contract will support an important Middle East ally, which serves our U.S. security interests,” said Cochran, chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. “I’m pleased that the excellent workmanship of Mississippians in the Golden Triangle will be an essential part of this effort.”
“Our state’s skilled workforce has become a trusted partner in advancing our nation’s defense, and this contract further proves that,” said Wicker. “This is great news for West Point and the entire state of Mississippi. I am pleased the U.S. Army has recognized the high quality of the work being done in our state.”
“At a time when there are rising threats around the world, our allies have never been more important,” Kelly said. “It is great to see our hardworking First District Mississippians support our friends in the United Arab Emirates through this contract.”
The contract is expected to be completed in March 2019.